Monday, June 18, 2012

Detroit Bid Rigging Trial Implicates Mayoral Associate

Last week’s federal court testimony in in the Bobby Ferguson bid rigging trial implicated former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s friend Al White to Ferguson’s allegedly corrupt construction business. According to Detroit Building Authority Capital Projects Superintendent Robert J. Hill, White signed in to one January construction meeting on the $12 million Garden View Estates construction project as a project manager for Xcel Construction Services, the winning bidder, and then signed an April subcontract on the same project as an employee of Ferguson Enterprises. Ferguson has denied any connection between Xcel and the company bearing his name.

Xcel was paid $557,000 to act as construction manager for the Garden View project, and then directed $9 million in demolition and other work to Ferguson Enterprises. In his testimony Hill acknowledged that Xcel and Ferguson Enterprises have the address on Wyoming Street. If convicted, Ferguson faces up to 20 years in prison.

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